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Obituary for Linda Lucille Jenkins

Linda Lucille Jenkins was born in Chicago, IL on September 9, 1951, and passed away on February 16, 2024, in Salem, OR.

She grew up with frequent visits to her grandparents’ tavern, Vince and Julie's Little Tavern in the Woods. She attended San Bernardino Valley College before moving to Gainesville, FL, where she met her husband, Tom; they were together for nearly 50 years.

Linda and Tom drove across the country in 1976 and lived in several places in Oregon before deciding on a house in the woods outside of Dallas. Linda worked for the Oregon Department of Revenue and later as an Educational Assistant for the Dallas School District. After retiring, she liked volunteering as a reading buddy.

Linda, Tom, and their daughter Robin enjoyed exploring the outdoors (she excelled at planning fun trips) and playing evening card games together. She took annual cruises with her sisters, Donna, and Carolyn, in the Caribbean. Linda enjoyed visiting the coast and discovering starfish in tidepools. She also loved reading-- Linda actively participated in two book clubs and particularly liked author Jane Kirkpatrick's historical fiction about places in the Pacific Northwest that she could visit after finishing the book. For the last several years, Linda really got into taking walks around town, enjoying the exercise and the nature she saw in people's yards and along Rickreall Creek.

She attended Trinity Lutheran Church in Dallas, and was an incredibly thoughtful, giving, and kind person.

Linda was preceded in death by her mom Julie Neitzel and her sister Carolyn Gutt.

Linda is survived by her husband Tom and daughter Robin (Dallas, OR), her sister Donna Pauly (Geneva, IL), many (great-) nieces and nephews, and her wider community of dear friends.

A homily service will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church in Dallas, OR on March 23rd at 1 PM (livestream will be found at

A celebration of life memorial will be held at the Dallas Event Center on April 13th at 2 PM (livestream link TBA). Please feel free to join us wearing floral patterns or the color blue. Memorial contributions may be made to The Nature Conservancy, Defenders of Wildlife, The Ocean Conservancy, and American Red Cross.

The family is in the care of Bollman’s Tribute Center.